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Tomorrow: The Corners Festival in Downtown L.A.

Hit the corner of Spring and 5th Street tomorrow for the motherload of music, theater and poetry. A few bars and book stores around the Alexandria Hotel are hosting.  I’m DJ-ing at The Down and Out Bar from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., between band sets.  If The Down and Out sounds familiar, it’s the […]

Listen Up: Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World”

Apparently, “Whole Wide World” is is a classic, two-chord punk melody from 1977. Will Ferrell also sang it in 2006 in “Stranger Than Fiction,” while playing acoustic guitar.  But I had never listened to it until I turned on 88.9 KXLU today.  Sometimes, it astounds me how much good music there is that goes unheard. […]

Listen Up: Jacuzzi Boys’ “Cool Vapors”

This catchy ditty from Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys evokes images of cruising across town with the top down, playing dashboard drums, on the way to the beach. Granted, the lyrics aren’t the most thought-provoking.  But c’mon people, it’s garage rock.  And while the L.A. forecast currently calls for rain, this is the perfect song to add sunshine to […]

Deliciously Aesthetic: The Art of Cooking

“Cherrios” by Lucien Smith; courtesy of Wagstaff Worldwide, Inc. Get ready to fill your plate with hearty helping of scrumptious art:  Starting Friday, April 27 and extending through August 2012, Royal/T in downtown Culver City will host a food and art-themed exhibit called “The Art of Cooking.” It’s a celebration of food in art form—featuring […]

Handle It: “Between Two Ferns” Hits Comedy Central

From inquiring if Natalie Portman shaved her “V” for vagina to mouth-raping Will Ferrell and groping Michael Cera inappropriately, Zach Galifianakis is the ultimate inept talk show host on “Between Two Ferns.”  Now, he’s created a half-hour episode of the show, featuring interviews with Sir Richard Branson, Tina Fey and more, called “Between Two Ferns:  […]

TOMORROW NIGHT @ Mandrake: The Sunday Brownout

I’m DJ-ing at Mandrake tomorrow night 4/22 from 9 pm to midnight. We’re talking the motherload of good music–Tune-Yards, Snoop & Dr. Dre, Black Lips, Atmosphere, Bloc Party, Foxy Shazam, The Roots and much, much more. It’s sort of like Coachella.  Only FREE.  With less hipsters.  And no Tupac hologram. Go, and prepare to shake […]

Because It’s 4/20: My Favorite Scene From “Half Baked”


It’s Time to Get Art with Mike D

Starting Friday, April 20, MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary is blowing minds and multiple senses with 17 days of the best in contemporary design, food, film, music and culture—compiled through the vision of Mike D.  Yes, that Mike D. It’s all part of TRANSMISSION LA: AV CLUB—an exhibition that shows how audio and visual art forms feed off of each […]

Listen Up: Marilyn Manson’s “No Reflection”

While I’m not a huge Marilyn Manson fan, he does have a number of songs that pleasure you with a pulsating, clenched fist.  And if you haven’t read his book, I highly recommend it.  The man is extremely articulate and intelligent.  Don’t let the codpiece fool you. This track is from his newest album “Born […]

Listen Up: Jucifer’s “The Lambs, Pt. 1”

A handful of people in L.A. listen to 88.9 KXLU, which is broadcast from Loyola Marymount University and operated by students, faculty and volunteer staff.  But more should listen, on account of the fact that they play an eclectic mix of stellar indie, rock, electronica, punk and hip-hop–much of which is yet to be discovered. […]